Center offers childcare for $8 an hour

July 21, 2011 9:46:37 AM PDT
It's easy to see the children at the new KidsPark in Willow Grove are having fun. What isn't so obvious is that their parents are saving money.

KidsPark, located across the street from the Willow Grove Mall, is a licensed, hourly, drop-in childcare center.

Franchise owner Felice Parker is a working mother of six, with degrees in early childhood education. She explains the center charges less than many people pay the teenager next-door for childcare. "It's eight dollars an hour for one child. If you have two children its $12 an hour. If you have three or more, its an additional $3 an hour."

She adds, "And because, we're licensed, it's safer."

Once a family registers, children 18 months up to 12 years of age can stay at KidsPark whenever childcare's needed -- daytime, evenings or weekends.

At least two people staff the center at all times, with additional workers on-call. Most staff members have or are working toward their degrees in early childhood or elementary education.

There's a dedicated area for toddlers and one for school-aged kids, in addition to hourly arts-and-crafts, creative play areas and lots of room to run around.

Adrienne Chapman says it's a great solution for her toddler son. "When I want to go shopping, I don't have to take him. He can just com here and play with other little kids and get to interact. "

KidsPark is located at 170 Park Avenue in Willow Grove. To visit their website, click here.

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